Want to do something big for God? Something powerful that will change lives, impact communities and make a difference in the world?
There’s no limit to the extreme measures God will take to get the Good News of the Gospel out to the ends of the earth. Take Philip, for instance. He’s a prime example of the lengths God will go to for just one person to understand the Scripture.
Acts Chapter 8 tells us an angel appeared to Philip and gave him instructions on where to go. He went. He saw a man riding in a carriage and reading from the Book of Isaiah. The Holy Spirit told Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.” Philip ran over, heard the man reading aloud, and asked, “Do you understand what you’re reading?”
“How can I, unless someone instructs me?” the man asked. He urged Philip to come sit with him and explain the Scriptures. Philip sat with the man and shared the Good News about Jesus. His explanation of the Gospel was so convincing that the traveling stranger received the new birth. He just needed someone to share the Scripture with him in a way he could understand. As they traveled along, the man saw some water and said, “Look! I want to be baptized!” Philip baptized him, and suddenly the Holy Spirit snatched Philip away, and Scripture tells us “Philip found himself” in another town.
Wow! Talk about extreme evangelism. Philip’s there one moment baptizing a new convert, then poof, he suddenly disappears! How cool is that? I want to do something big for God. I want to be used in a powerful way to change lives.
But in the meantime, while I’m waiting for an angel to appear, the Holy Spirit to speak, and to be translated like Philip . . . I’m going to give $26 per month to translate a verse of Scripture for a people group who do not have a Bible they can understand. That’s 12 verses a year. Or one verse for 12 people groups.
It’s powerful. It’s big. Do it for God.
Jan Matthews is a writer for The Seed Company.